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March 1, 2007

Washington tops No. 23 USC 85-70

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SEATTLE -Ryan Appleby scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with an 85-70 win over No. 23 Southern California on Thursday night.

Appleby and point guard Justin Dentmon combined for 24 first-half points, including seven 3-pointers. The Huskies (17-12, 7-10 Pac-10) hit nine 3s in the first half - more than their game total in all but three contest this season - and finished with 10.

Jon Brockman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Spencer Hawes added 13, including eight straight during one stretch after the Trojans had cut a 17-point deficit down to five.

Nick Young led USC (21-9, 11-6) with 26 points and hit 11 of 15 shots, but the Trojans lost for the sixth time in their last seven against Washington. The only win was a double-overtime victory earlier this season in Los Angeles.

Leading 48-37 at halftime, Washington pushed the advantage to 17 as Quincy Pondexter converted a pair of three-point plays in the first three minutes of the second half, putting the Huskies up 58-41. Washington's fluid offense then stagnated, giving USC opportunity to rally.

Young's three-point play with 9:56 left finally got the deficit under 10 points and the Trojans pulled to 69-64 on Abdoulaye N'daiye's basket on the inside with less than 7 minutes left.

Reserve forward Artem Wallace - a 33 percent free-throw shooter - then made 3 of 4 attempts at the line, pushing the lead back to eight and USC got no closer than six the rest of the way.

Gabe Pruitt added 13 and Taj Gibson scored 10 for the Trojans, who have dropped three of four on the road.

USC coach Tim Floyd tried to put some intensity into his players. During one first-half timeout, Floyd screamed at Lodrick Stewart and Daniel Hackett after Appleby knocked down another open 3-pointer.

Late in the half, Floyd erupted after an offensive foul was called on Washington's Pondexter. Floyd claimed Pondexter threw a forearm into Stewart's chest as Appleby sank a 3. Incensed that the basket stood, Floyd took turns screaming at officials Verne Harris, Bruce Hicks and Michael Eggers before picking up a technical.

Appleby missed the first technical free throw, breaking a string of 21 straight makes. He's missed just two free throws all season.

For more coverage of Washington, visit HuskyDigest.com; for more on USC, visit USCFootball.com.

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